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35 stars Why are the characters in Paul uarrington novels always drunk *Hmmm I was let down Winning the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour *I was let down Winning the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour was expecting something very different I couldn t find humour in what seemed to be the downward spiral f an ld man going insane surrounded by drunkards throughout what seemed to be the downward spiral f an Our Planet: Our Home old man going insane surrounded by drunkards throughout entire life Kinda sad to me really On the upside their were some very humorousne liners from the narrator Full Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 of blarney spit and spunk andften drunk n ginger ale Percival Leary was the king f the ice in his heyday captain f the Ottawa Patriots trained by MONKS AND FEARLESS IN THE RINK KING LEARY NOW and fearless in the rink King Leary now in a nursing home with his crony Blue Hermann a former newspaper reporter but when Leary is asked to travel to Toronto to film a ginger ale commercial they pack up their canes and go This book has an incredible voice and truly memorable characters and is easily the best novel about ice hockey I ve ever read maybe the nly ne I ve ever read but that doesn t take anything away from it This book was chosen as the 2008 Canada Reads selection Each year the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation invites four r five noteworthy figures from Canadian arts and letters to nominate a favorite book the nly rule being that the volume must reflect Canadian culture and values The merits f each book are debated ften uite vigorously in a series f radio programs until ne is selected that year s Canada Reads winner The goal is to have every citizen f the nation read the book in hopes that it will generate discussion and debate increasing the sense A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) of community in the nation Can you imagine millionsf people earnestly talking about a bookI know we already have this But I ain t interested in reading what Oprah tells me to read And sure sure the selection process might sound like The Final Four for nerds but it beats American IdolAnd yes what I am saying is that things are better in Canada and that Americans are a bunch f lazy intellectually atrophied cementheads Want evidence I give you The Family GuyAnyway the book It s a remarkable effort in turns hilarious and heartbreaking Percival King Leary is an ctogenarian ex hockey star nearing death and haunted albeit gently by the ghosts f his past There are plenty f King Lear references but the story also In the End owes much to Thomas Berger s Little Big Man and the bestf Mark Harris s baseball novels That s high praise indeed but completely deserved It s fun to pick at all the NHL references King Leary is based in part n Clarence King Clancy Manny Oz is clearly references the tragic Busher Jackson and Clay Clinton seems to be an amalgam f Conn Smythe and Harold Ballard but the power f the book is its messages those who set their hearts n worldly things end up broken hearted no guilt is searing that the guilt f having betrayed a loved ne forgiveness transcends time and love is a powerful thing indeedPlus the word gormless is used about 57 times How can you dislike a book that makes such liberal use f such a great word I read this as it was a previous winner f Canada Reads and I had read ther books by Paul uarrinton It is a humorous story about a former hockey star recalling his glory days and the ups and downs f his career and his friends along the way Similar to Whale Music The author does not shy away from painful subjects and the devastating impact The Age of Treachery of alcohol abuse Read in 2008 for Canada Reads my review from January 2008Oh gosh I am so glad I read this book Notwithstanding that I haven t yet read thether 2008 Canada Reads candidates I m uite prepared to say King Leary shoul. Percival Leary was nce the King f the Ice The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy onef hockey's greatest heroes Now in the South Grouse Nursing Home where he shares a room with Edmund Blue Hermann the antagonistic and alcoholic reporter who Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite once chronicled his career Leary looks backn his tumultuous life and times.

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King Leary is an Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) old readne foot poised to kick it and former hockey legend As I was reading I did wonder for a while whether he really was a legend in the books r did wonder for a while whether he really was a legend in the books r the highlight reels existed When a Man Loves a Woman only in hiswn mind because I suspect that almost every Canadian male is r coulda been a hockey legend But it appears he really was King f the Ice We find Keep From Falling out that he has been trottedut and honoured at the Gardens than Catalogue the Insanity once and he is in the Hallf FameNow however he is confined to a nursing home reliving his glory days in his wn mind and by spouting ff to whomever will listen One day though he is contacted by an ad agency who wants to feature King Leary in a ginger ale commercial and so we are Shrek off to Toronto with the King and his wacky entourage his nurse his ancient reporter roommate his loser son and a couplef ghosts from the past to relive those glory daysKing Leary s adventure is both incredibly funny and incredibly sad Lewd and bawdy thoughtful and heartwarming The King had his moments f glory scoring winning goals perfecting his signature move moments in the sun But f course there were costs and insultsAs Canadians we know the history Look Alikes Jr. ofur national sport the drinking carousing corruption the evolution f the game itself the road trips the trades loyalties and loneliness shame and glory So all f Leary s memories ring very trueIt is a hockey story but it is much than that It is also a story Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin of redemptionReserved for the Canada Day release challenge unless I can t help myself from foisting itn someone else as a must readI think it makes for a great Canada Reads book I found myself reading into it all sorts Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution of things that I have no idea whether the author intended Clay Bors Clinton asur neighbour to the south for example Right He Remembers the Barren or wrong thought provoking This book won Canada Reads in 2008 but surprisingly it does not seem to be widely read It s the heartfelt talef a life told from a comical point The Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf of view Leary is now a grumpyld man but throughout the story he reflects n his friendships family and career in a meaningful way Alcoholism is also a recurring theme I am revising my review slightly because when I last wrote I was feeling under the weather Although I grew up playing hockey n frozen ponds mainly with the neighbourhood boys I have never really enjoyed watching The Stonemere Park Breast Essays: From The L.C.T.F. Archives or reading about the sport This book isf course not necessarily for a Hockey fan To uote a friend A perspective too Let the Wolf Howl on the changesf attitude in mediasport relationships and the hero athleteSo in the end I d say give it a shot Whenever I can t sleep I The Resistible Rise Of Benito Mussolini often play a game I go through the alphabet thinkingf novelists I have read Men first then women and then if it is a really bad night children s authors Most letters i have no problem with but now that is always a struggle So I hit upon a cunning plan Going to the Cinema bookshop an enormous cavernous place with endless bookcases and shelves stretching ver two floors I decided to find a couple f s Paul uarrington Blue Guide New York of whom I had never heard wasne and this was the book i bought A lovely first edition from 1987 although yet again the GR librarians declare its ISBN as being from a 1988 edition WRONG But the mechanism for changing and challenging seems so unwieldy that i can t be arsedNow you know why I picked up the book you may be interested as to what it was like Excellent That is what it is It is funny and poignant and enraging and bizarre and unsettling and most especially uarrington respects his readers By that i mean he does not spoon feed his story. His days at the boys' reformatory when he burned down a house; the four mad monks who first taught him to play hockey; and the time he executed the perfect St Louis Whirlygig to score the winning goal in the 1919 Stanley Cup finalNow all but forgotten Leary is nly a legend in hi. ,
King LearyAll the time he demands that we listen and concentrate and think He doesn t signal every joke with huge unsubtle arrowing but will sometimes leave ne ticking away in the narrative and it is Homesick only twor three pages later that the pay A Criminal Affair off will explode in the paragraph and the clevernessf development becomes clearThe story is related by an OLD MAN LIVING IN RESIDENTIAL CARE HE WAS A man living in residential care He was a ice hockey player and he tells through flashback and encounters in his mind with long dead friends his adventures and misadventures We see everything through his eyes and as the story develops he becomes uite clearly An Unreliable Narrator Not So unreliable narrator Not so because he is untruthful but because he is blind to aspects Sangue Derramado of life which did not fit in with his planr understanding Gradually and f the hinterland f the story is explored r if you will the pencil sketches he has drawn f thers lives are gradually given shade and depth and perspective and this comes through encounters with his fallen comrades arriving like Banuo s ghost to chaallenge the euilibrium f his ld age uarrington has a lovely ability to describe the natural world Sometimes the canal would be whitecapped and rough and I wouldn t think the wind was up and blowing ver a storm I d think the water was angry Or sometimes it would be gentle with little pieces f sunlight bouncing n it and i knew that the canal was happy and that if i went swimming the water would play Confessions of a Teenage Hollywood Star on my bodyor warfare It was like God slapped the world with the flatf His hand The ridge started screaming The sun and wind are staging a major coup trying to replace the stubborn winter with fragile springHe is great with Precious Stones: Their Occult Power and Hidden Significance one liners the reason he isn t dead yet is that even the Grim reaper has some pride Blue Hermann got somef his best diseases in Toronto They were Church people and their basic idea was you are a piece The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky of dung but God is willing to help The man can t carry a tune in a suitcaseI particularly liked uarrington s taken ne f my favourite slang expressions In England if something is excellent someone might say That is the dog s bollocks uarrington has his hero saying
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the puppy s buttFor some this as they say really tickled my fancyAnyway the book is a moving exploration Works Days of friendship and how this can blind us to truthf ambition and how this can allow us to betray friendship and f how destructive ur words can be How their knock n effect can resound a long while after they have stopped being shouted r spoken Heart of the Wood or even whispered uarrington does all this without letting upn the humour Gallows humour I suppose it could be called but it creates an atmosphere in the narrative which unnerves At the heart The King's Commissar of the novel is the relationshipf Leary Bloodmage our narrator and his two best friends both now long dead Gradually piece by piece and detail by detail the true historyf events unfolds From early n in the novel uarrington unsettles his reader You know there is something lurking in the back story and as it dawns n you you realize you knew it deep down all the time His talent is that he makes us his readers discover this inevitable truth at the same time as Leary faces up to it Its as if we are walking the journey with him His unreliability as a narrator thus becomes the great strength Thinking Through Food: A Philosophical Introduction of the novel Leary is not a liar but a coward He has fought against facing life because in facing it there would be and indeed are too many uestions cryingut for answers The ghosts which rock his security are not wraiths from beyond the grave but his long buried conscienceThis book is to coin a phrase the puppy s but. S Making Instruments Count: Essays on Historical Scientific Instruments Presented to Gerard L'Estrange Turner own mind until a high powered advertising agency decides to feature him in a seriesf ginger ale commercials With his male nurse his son and the irrepressible Blue Leary sets Every Sigh, the End off for Toronton The Secret Language of Competitive Intelligence the Secret Language of Competitive Intelligence one last adventure as he revisits the scenesf his glorious life as King f the Ice.